Published January 12, 2009
The U.S. Air Force is looking to replace the president's air force fleet -- possibly with an Airbus, FlightGlobal.com reports.
The USAF has reportedly posted a request for information seeking market sources who can provide three "widebody" aircraft to replace the Boeing VC-25 Air Force One.
The Airbus 380 has been named as a possible alternative, according to FlightGlobal.com.
A 2007 analysis of aircraft options found that it would be more cost-effective to replace the VC-25 rather than attempt to modernize it.
Airbus executives confirmed in October 2007 that the USAF asked them to submit data on three Airbus models, the Web site reports.
Airbus, which produces around half of the world's jet airliners, is based in Toulouse, France. The Boeing Company is an American-based aerospace and defense corporation, with international headquarters in Chicago, Ill.